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>> fault lines al jazeera america's award winning, investigative series... on al jazeera america ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour, i'm in doha and these are our top stories. houthi rebels open fire against protesters in the city of tshg e-thai. a powerful malitia accused of tearing the country apart and
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greece's bail out as he meets the german chancellor and we meet the cartoonist who gives a voice to the powerless. ♪ but first the u.n. special envoy to yemen says they will meet in qatar for peace talks possibly later this week to dampen an increasingly volatile conflict for forces loyal to the president hadi. people in yemen's third largest city have been rallying against the houthis after they took over much of the city. the houthis are said to have opened fire on the crowd killing four people and injuring 11 others. hadi's foreign minister appealed for help to launch the houthi
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advance and charlie has more. >> reporter: this is a country on the brink of civil war. for the residents here they are not going quietly as thousands protest against the advance of shia houthi fighters and in return they are tear gassed and the third largest was taken on sunday with buildings and airport under houthi control. yemen is increasingly di vitaled by iran and the south of supporters of hadi now the country foreign minister is appealing for help from the gulf cooperation council to hold back the houthi advance. >> translator: nobody wants to be pulled into direct military option on the ground and feel it is final and if we are come elbowed and it's necessary we would without question go ahead
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with the proposed plan. >> reporter: this is what is a gcc force could look like originally set up to respond to military aggression against member states bahrain, kuwait qatar, saudi arabia and the united arab emirates it's a force 100,000 strong and the conflict made fighters of everyday men and they gather in the province to threaten houthi forces against entering their territory. adding more might to the fight could force yemen in sectarian war with foreign powers backing opposite sides. speaking in ryaad he hopes it can be resolved or take necessary steps. >> translator: we are keen on protecting yemen sovereignty, legitimacy represented by hadi alone and hope the crisis can resolve peacefully and redead to
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respond to president's request. >> reporter: people caught in the middle each day of fighting deepens the suffering in this country impoverished. >> reporter: we will talk to a political analyst and editor and chief of yemen post and live in the capitol sanaa. let's start with what is going on in tieze yemen's third biggest city because we have clear evidence it would appear of people opposing the houthi actions. >> reporter: now the opposing people will not accept and it is not sanaa and how they could get sanaa and 30% of sanaa population are loyal to the houthis and here it's not the case and this is 95% sunni, majority are against houthis and will not accept it and know if
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the houthis come in they will strike sectarian violence long-term. they are known to be a very civilized state but as of now houthis say they will continue to protest if it takes years and they are the heart of the revolution and houthis i expect in the next couple days if not tomorrow to step down escalation and today they are starting their new direction of trying to attack the south through the province rather than this providence and there are clashes in the south and the houthis are trying to enter aiden through that province after the ex escalation here and the ongoing protests. >> now there is a suggestion there will be talks and those talks will be held in qatar and first of all will the houthis agree to come to qatar to talk about the problems in yemen whi
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they refused to go to ryhaad in the past? >> the houthis are not happy in the involvement in yemen politics but again i talked to houthi officials in the last couple days and it's clear they want to participate in the talks of doha to have a link in the two countries and try to ease the tension between them and the houthis have not guaranteed they will attend the doha or rheayeeah talks but there can be a promise where their name is erased from the terror groups to make sure the talks are a success. >> the talks should they materialize which yemeni actors need to be at the table?
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with no doubt president hadi must be there, houthis and muslim brotherhood party must be there and party of the ex president must also be there, if these four factions are not represented in the dialog there is no use of having this dialog. these four are the biggest political makers in the country and their involvement is a must if one is not involved then the talks failing is a high prospect. the islam party and president hadi will no doubt accept president will accept but question is will houthis accept doha who they consider a stronger enemy than ryheeah but they are willing to go to doha under a promise. >> reporter: thank you very much indeed. well the chaos in yemen forced
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united states to scale back the so called antiterrorism operation and kimberly said it will limit ability to conduct training and intelligence gathering there. >> reporter: as the security situation worsened on monday in yemen, the u.s. government tried to reassure americans the decision to pull out its remaining operation won't effect the ability to fight groups like aqap inside the country. >> those efforts continue and our capabilities to carry out those kinds of actions persist to this day as well. >> reporter: six months ago in a speech to the nation u.s. president barack obama held yemen as an example with an anti antiterrorism campaign in the middle east. >> supporter partners on the front lines is one we successfully pursued in yemen and somalia for years. >> reporter: without eyes on the ground many critics now argue that cooperation is gone.
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>> good intelligence with plots against the home land and without that intelligence we cannot effectively stop it. >> reporter: as the u.s. backs president hadi and called for a no fly zone and military intervention from gulf counties the u.s. wouldn't comment on that and urging a p former intelligence official says direct foreign intervention is unlikely. >> it's a situation analogous to what we have seen elsewhere in the arab world and partners on the ground who don't see their interests as being proxies to some foreign power nonetheless will accept help where they can find it to sort things out internally within yemen. >> reporter: increasing instability and sectarian division hampering u.s. counter terrorism efforts in an already volatile region. >> reporter: tunisia museum set
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to open doors on tuesday and ahead of a grand open for public later this week gunmen stormed the complex last week killing at least 20 foreign tourists and a few minutes away from the parliament in tunis to one of the world's greatest collection of ancient mosiacs and encouraging tourists to go back to tunisia despite attack and 3,000 bookings from europe have been cancelled since last wednesday. now talks between libya's factions will resume on tuesday and working to a unity government but despite talks fighting continues and field commander for malitia which backs the legally installed government which is based in tripoli has been killed by rival fighters. mohamed was killed on monday by forces loyal to general hafta from the rival u.n. recognized government based in tubrook and
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he was a commander in the 2011 revolution against moammar gadhafi. forces loyal to the tobrook government said they shot down a fighter jet by the dawn malitia over zintan and backs legally install government in tripoli saying the plane crashed because of technical problems and a spokesman from zintan said one pilot died and the other arrested. libya dawn political and military bases in city of misrata east of tripoli and it became the most powerful armed group after the revolution and we report from misrata and their support is key to any deal on a national unity government. >> reporter: it has long been criticized for acting as an independent state. it has been accused of using military force for political gain and it has been labeled as an extremist stronghold misrata
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denies all that but there is no doubt that the city in central libya is not only powerful within its own borders, its influence extends far beyond. misrata is east of tripoli, to a large extent the government in tripoli relies on the libyan dawn military alliance to stay in power and misrata are the military base and political power of alliance which seized the capitol last year. misrata has thousands of fighters constituting one of the largest armed groups in the country. it acquired massive quantities of weapons during the revolution in 2011. ever since misrata just like all of libya's armed forces didn't disarm nor did they unite with other forces. violence escalated and a growing realization among members of the tripoli based parliament the general national congress or tnc
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there is no military solution to the conflict. >> gnc there were some voices who i considered as extremist to a degree fortunately there are a lot of people who recognize that the only way to make peace in libya and to move towards democracy, is to have dialog with all sides. >> reporter: but they also have a red line the libya dawn all employall -- ailey -- alliance accused him of being a dictator and undermine u.n. brokered peace talks when it announced offensive to capture tripoli a few days ago and so far they have not succeeded. >> translator: he makes statements and said the same thing about benghazi but he has not been able to take it.
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we tell him take benghazi first and then talk about tripoli. >> reporter: rival factions are now talking not face-to-face but trying to bring unity and they are at a critical junction and violence worsening along many front lines that divided the country, al jazeera, misrata. u.s. led coalition fighting islamic state of iraq and levante carried out eight air strikes in seer jaw -- sierra and six in iraq and suffered losses east of fa lusia and people were killed in the shelling. air strike in the southern province killed five people and this is video that shows the aftermath of the bombing, all those killed are believes to be from the same family. the town has been under rebel control since late 2013 and it's
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a strategic link between the east and west of the province and in aleppo province 13 people including 4 children killed by mortars fired by rebel forces and al jazeera cannot verify these pictures which were taken from social media but unicef says more than 11,000 children died since the start of the syrian conflict in 2011. the soltan returned home after receiving eight months of medical treatment in germany, state television showed him getting off his plane appearing to be in good health and long absence caused concern about the 74-year-old leader well-being and has no immediate heir. greek prime minister met with angela merkel in his first visit to berlin and warned athens is running out of money and won't meet debt repayments without
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germany's help and merkel stayed firm saying there will be no new money without sufficient reforms and dominick cane reports now from berlin. >> reporter: a first official visit to germany for the greek prime minister some media outlets here called this a potential show down in the chancellor's office. but alexis tsipras was received with the usual pump and circumstance. once inside alexis tsipras spoke of the need to reach agreement on a european level. however, there was also a strong message for his own people. >> translator: the difference is between our two countries bring shadows over us and it's not just a material thing it's an ethical issue and not just about greece but it's for the greek and german people who spilled a lot of blood to deal with naziism during that period of time. >> reporter: for her part angela merkel repeated the message she has given greece for many many months.
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>> translator: we want greece to be a strong country economically, we want them to have growth we also want greece to come out of this high unemployment and we certainly want to make sure that this very high youth unemployment can be overcome and structure reforms are necessary for this solid budget is necessary and a functioning administration is necessary. i think that is clear for both countries. >> reporter: behind all this is the reality that german economic strength is helping to keep greece afloat. potentially costing its taxpayers many billions and now a growing number of people say they had enough. >> translator: we can help to solve their problems but the greeks must want this too. to give them more billions makes greek's woes worse in the long run. you buy time, that is right but no one can seriously expect that we will ever see that money again. >> reporter: but buying time
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can only go so far. because alexis tsipras has indicated greece could default on its debts within weeks. which helps explain why he came to the german capitol, to try to build bridges with the leader of europe's economic powerhouse. but on the face of it there has been no tangible progress. dominick cane al jazeera, berlin. and grease will present reform package to the euro zone on monday hoping to get the much needed extra cash. more to come on this al jazeera news hour including balancing the urgent need for housing and the concerns of environmentalists in hong kong. a great day for internet freedom in india, we will have a report from new deli. and in sport find out what this formula one driver is doing to try to stay ahead of his world title rivals.
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♪ and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has apologized to the country's arabs as comments he made before last week's election. netanyahu had warned that arab citizens were voting in droves. kim has more. >> reporter: there was jubilation at party headquarters as the numbers stacked in israeli prime minister's favor, now with benjamin netanyahu negotiating his way to form agree new government, the comments he made to get there are coming back to haunt. >> translator: the right wing government is in danger arab voters will vote in droves and left wing ngos are coming in in buses. >> reporter: palestinians makeup 20% of israel population and critics are calling his comments racist and didvideing and
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points to this on facebook. >> translator: i know the things i said a few days ago offended israel arabs and my actions and the investments in minority sectors prove the total opposite. >> reporter: the list and likes of arab parties is threatening to file a complaint against netanyahu on charges of incitement and rejects his apology. >> translator: he didn't call the leadership of the arab population. he didn't meet them. he apologizes because there is international criticism including criticism from the united states. is this actions or words? we demand a real apology on the ground meaning equality to the arab population. >> reporter: the u.s. has also come out swinging over netanyahu's campaign promise that there will be no palestinian state on his watch. speaking to jay street the white house chief of staff called
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netanyahu's comments troubling. >> we cannot simply pretend these comments were never made. >> reporter: making clear u.s. foreign policy and its commitment to the two-state solution won't be compromised. >> the borders of israel and independent palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed paths, each state needs secure and recognized borders and must be robust provisions that safeguard israel's security. [applause] and occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end. >> reporter: u.s. is now reviewing relationship with israel and is clearly taking a tougher stance. the white house has hinted it could pull u.s. protection at the u.n. putting traditional ties to the test kim with al jazeera. let's go live to nts correspondent in west jerusalem and the rift with the u.s. appearing to get ever clearer,
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the pressure must be on mr. netanyahu when it comes to coalition building the whole thing has begun, how is it going? going? >> reporter: that's right, there is an awful lot of pressure on mr. netanyahu. this controversy is not just one with the united states it's also a controversy here at home. we heard from the leader of the joint list in kim's package. what is interesting about that is the joint list although it came third in this election it was not invited to this meeting that mr. netanyahu had with palestinian leaders effectively apologizing for his comments so it really does highlight the fact that there is still a big rift not only abroad but as we have been saying here in israel. whatever the case he still has the business of building the government to attend to on sunday he met with the israeli president ruben where those
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consultations began yesterday, and monday he met with the smaller parties, a number of whom pledged support for mr. netanyahu and looks as if he has been able to forge a coalition of around 67 seats or so, about six more than the 61 needed for a majority still from wednesday, tomorrow when it is likely that the president will announce that mr. netanyahu will be formally asked to form a government there are still several weeks of what can be described as horse trading and a number of parties promised to support him in this government they will want something for support and want senior cabinet positions whether it's defense or finance so again as we have been saying we still have several weeks to go before we see the shape of the 34 parliament. afghanistan where thousands marching through the capitol
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demanding justice for a woman who was lynched by a group of people. the 27-year-old was killed earlier this month after being falsely accused of burning a koran, 3,000 people took part calling it one of the largest in kabul's history, 18 people have been arrested and 13 police officers have been suspended as part of the investigation into the killing. now india supreme court struck down a controversial law curtailing internet freedoms and it's known as section 66 a of the information and technology act. the law made it illegal to post content online that is deemed offensive in character and offenders could receive a minimum three-year jail term and our reporter has more now on the story from new deli. >> reporter: one of the largest complaints was this law was used arbitrarily, anyone who deemed
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anything to be offensive on the internet could use this law to file a police complaint and if the person making the complaint happened to be someone of wealth of influence people many times would follow through with arrest. one of the cases happened in 2012 during the city wide shut down of mumbai after the death of a well-known political figure and one woman posted on facebook questioning why the city had to shut down and another woman liked and and they were considered and released by police. cases like this are common and they have petition with the supreme court saying the law was far too vague and draconian and the supreme court agreed with and struck down. now because this law was specifically with the internet indians do have a lot more freedom currently to post what they want online and however since they don't have to worry about the legal consequences there are still social and cultural consequences of posting online here many groups use
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hire thugs and goons who post things they don't agree with. league -- legality they will write a new law for the internet that will be more fair and less draconian. in hong kong land is very scarce and very expensive and private developers eying the few open spaces to try to meet the growing demand and it's upsetting the environmentalists and rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: it's house hunting hong kong style. a lucky draw for hopeful owners of the latest development and the winners the chance to buy a 40 square meter unit for a million dollars in a block that has not been completed yet. hong kong relying on private developers to meet its target of half a million new flats in the next ten years. >> current government has explained to increase supply so
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there will be sufficient supply. >> reporter: where to build and hong kong's country parks until now free from development will suffer. >> belong to a few group of land developer and south side to destroy the environment. >> reporter: already home to hong kong airport with the third runway and adjoining new town currently being expanded the island is seen as a prime target for development and that is before the government has exploited redevelopment options in existing urban areas according to green groups. >> the government is having the new town planning like we need to like massive like large piece of land for you to do everything, start from 0. >> reporter: the government is well aware that any talk of
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building in hong kong's green spaces is highly inflammatory but it has to balance that with the pressing needs for new homes in a city which is facing a housing crisis. he and his wife nancy got married two weeks ago and both are working professionals and have been saving for several years but have no choice but to move in with her parents in their small apartment. >> translator: all we can do is go on saving but i have no idea how long it will be before we would have enough to buy our own place. >> reporter: like many of their generation it will still be many years before they have the down payment even to enter a draw for a flat. rob mcbride, al jazeera, hong kong. rob is here now with the weather and a tour of africa is in order i understand. >> yes, i'm following the sun north and south africa settled in a pattern and look at the satellite picture for the last
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umteen hours and this is in south africa and showers to the west. in fact, down the wild cost it's cost and rain in 24 hours which is fairly typical and the heat just about gets into what is a cold cape town coming off what is named of a cold current and mimics rain and you heat up the land and get a share 47 millimeters but the rest is shower free and dry madagascar and mozambeke and the breeze benefits places with lunch hours on lunchtime and 18 millimeters of rain from one storm and they will get bigger and bigger and more and more frequent but more surprising still this in my mind is the middle of the desert and i mentioned this before but look at this line of cloud that comes through here and keeps going and
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going now for five days and given 45 millimeters of rain here the march average is 3 millimeters. the yearly average is about 43 and we have seen that in five days. >> rob thank you very much indeed. still to come on this al jazeera news hour we look at why there is only one woman candidate in this weekend's presidential election in nigeria. the world marks the day, 3 million people still don't have access to treatment. and in sport why we are set for an uncomfortable day in the company of european futbol buses. ♪
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♪ hello again i'm dennis and here are the top stories at al jazeera four people have been killed in the yemen city after houthi rebels opened fire at a rally against them. talks aimed at resolving the crisis that are due to be held in qatar possibly later this week. a member of libya's former transitional government says there is growing awareness for conflict won't be solved by military action. u.n. brokered peace talks between rival factions are set to resume on wednesday. the greek prime minister tap tap and angela merkel have met in berlin to discuss greece's bail out plan and greece will present
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reform package to creditors on monday for much needed cash in return. nigeria go to the polls on saturday for presidential elections and it's a political field dominated by men and there is only one female presidential candidate vying for the top job, and we have more now from aboosha. >> reporter: she runs a restaurant here is voting in nigeria presidential and parliamentary elections. women makeup just under 50% of registered voters but very few female candidate also be on the ballot papers and just under 1,000 seats up for grabs but a couple hundred women are running and only a handful on the tickets of the two political parties likely to win most seats. >> the men will never give you a chance at all to come out to take it and never agony woman to
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come in front of them. >> reporter: despite this she plans to vote for as many female candidates as she can. it costs money to run for office in nigeria and think a woman's place is in the home and threat of violence with campaigning, these are the main factors stopping women from participating in politics. one woman is running for president out of 14 candidates and on sunday she took part in a televised debate with president goodluck jonathan, despite the low numbers of women running she is condit thingcondit -- candidate things are improving. >> women are proving they are capable in other spheres of life and have seen nigeria women rise to the ceos of companies, several ministers and so why
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should they be kept out of politics? >> reporter: but election empire thinks more stringent rules in place for candidates. >> amendment to reserve women in some other countries and i think after the election we keep reviewing. >> reporter: critics say making it the law for only women to run in some offices will not necessarily produce the best candidates and i'm with al jazeera abuja nigeria. >> reporter: human rights campaigner is set to begin in the capitol luwanda and accused of defaming generals with human rights in the fields and barnabie phillips has the trial. >> the next is raphael. >> reporter: award ceremony in london and hailed as a champion
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of free speech, the timing is significant with the trial about to begin in angola accused by a group of powerful army generals of defamation after he wrote about killings and human rights abuses in angola diamond fields and argues the generals are complicit because they are proving from the diamond trade and the trial is a rare opportunity to put angola human rights record under scrutiny. >> i'm proactive citizen and raised issues knowing very well what consequences are and prepared to face consequences so that is why i say it's a privilege to go to the court and challenge these seven generals and basically tell them no matter what the outcome is i will win. >> reporter: angola president, he has been there since 1979 and his party mpla ruled angola ever
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since independence and much of that time the country was at war. since the fighting ended in 2002 there have been regular elections but the mpla has a tight grip on power and controls many key institutions. >> whether a free trial can take place in angola is challenging and rule of law is challenging and can be arbitrary and judges can make bizarre judgments so it's really up to angola to showcase that it has judiciary to perform to international standards. >> reporter: the economy has boomed in recent years and luwanda skyline changes looking for opportunity but the democracy is weak and the trial here will be a big test as one outspoken campaigner m co comes up against powerful vested
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interest. >> reporter: kills 1 1/2 million people worldwide every year and this year world t.v. day we are highlighting the nearly 3 million people who don't have access to treatment. tuberculosis is an airborne disease that attacks the lungs and more common in poor areas where people live close to one another in close quarters and south africa has one of the world's highest rates of t.b. where it's the leading cause of death but it's hard to treat because thousands of south africa have a resistance to t.b. medication every year and as erica wood reports medical charity doctors without borders is trying to a new way to treat patients. >> reporter: everyday he goes to his local clinic to be monitored for progress and to take his medication. >> i take 16 tablets a day. >> reporter: he has extreme drug-resistant drug-resistant
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drug-resistant tuberculosis and it takes two years to complete with highly toxic and not guaranteed to work and with the diagnosis he was convinced it was his death sentence. >> there was no stopping it because it crashes in front of you and the world now it stops there and you wait for the day you are going to cough blood then you die. >> reporter: a good prognosis because he had speshcialized care and cape town has one of the highest incidents of drug-resistant t.b. in south africa and home to 2.2 million people and resent tuberculosis managed to get a hold here because people live in such close confines and doctors without borders says the levels of drug resistant tuberculosis is so bad they want it declared as a public health emergency.
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the doctor leading the pilot program says the report confining tuberculosis patients for months in hospitals doesn't work and proven that community-based care is better, more accessible and cheaper. if you depend on a hospital system you only have a limited number of beds and long waiting list and people know they have drug-resistant tuberculosis and waiting for a bed for treatment and can't because there are long waiting list. >> reporter: 90% of patients have been able to get treatment compares to 50% elsewhere. this is improved survival rates because patients can get their dpks -- diagnose medication at the local clinic. >> reporter: people have a perception as soon as you diagnose the disease then it's suddenly a big crisis but remember you are most infectious when you are not on treatment. >> reporter: the community-based care like the program here will take government commitment but
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dr. hughes says without it south africa will never get on top of its t.b. epidemic and they will not get the chance he has had to survive, erica woods, al jazeera township south africa. venezuela trying to get signatures for a petition asking for end for sanctions imposed by the united states and nicholas madurez says he will deliver them to member states attending the up coming summit of americas and we have more now from caracas. >> reporter: the government supporters gathered to demand president obama withdrawal a resent executive over der declaring a threat to the u.s. and open hoping for 10 million signatures abroad and at home
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for the goal. >> obama we send you order now and need obama to backtrack on the order because it's a sword here in the country neck so the empire can do with us what they please but no. >> reporter: too many in venezuela the order is a front toward national sovereignty, over a million people have taken to twitter and facebook or personally gone to public squares all along the country asking obama to resign it. >> translator: defend the country with our lives if we need to obama made mistake and fired in the wrong direction, we are a peaceful country and want to keep it that way and not going to allow him because he thinks he is the god of the world to do with us as he pleases. >> reporter: even government critics see little use behind the order and see the law as a god send that gave a desperate government the perfect destruction for attacking
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economy and they have close ranks behind venezuela, in a special region he denounced obama's decision as internal but who the ultimate winner is in the latest impasse remains to be scene. >> translator: what does this seek do they want confrontation or reconciliation because of the actions leading to america summit where important regional issues should be discussed and at a historic moment where cuba is joining for the first time and looks like they want to divert attention through confrontation. >> reporter: this is the first time cuba will be attending the summit of america and it was expected the focus of this year's meeting would be between the united states but the spat with venezuela might be shifting the focus elsewhere. with renewed diplomatic ties between u.s. and cuba and horizon the region could see the end of half a cent oiury of
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standards but could see a beginning. news coming in news of a plane crash, an air bus 8320 operated by the company german wings having crashed in the alps in the region north of neece and 142 passengers were on board and an 8320 crashed in france just north of neece and 142 passengers are on board, when we get more detail on this of course we will bring it to you here on al jazeera. in the meantime activists in chile protesting against a plan that would make abortion legal in some cases. there is an absolute ban on terminated pregnancies at the moment in chile including cases of rape and insist but the
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president michelle wants to allow abortion in life threatening situations parliament is still reviewing the legislation. at least 36 people have been killed and dozens have been injured in a bus crash in peru that happened about 320 kilometers away from the capitol lima, the bus was carrying delegation of christian missionaries and it went in the opposite lane hitting three other vehicles. now the u.s. state of utah will resume using firing squads to carry out the death penalty when lethal injection drugs are not available, utah's governor gary signed it on monday approving use and getting the lethal drugs used for capitol punishment is increasingly difficult as european manufacturers refuse to supply them as if some u.s. states looking for alternatives. now rising seas around florida
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now threaten a third of the state's beaches but trying to combat climate change in the sunshine state is proving rather difficult as jonathan betz reports. >> reporter: from south florida shores kristina watched the seas change. on the surface the oceans are rising but beneath nature is dying. >> i can't believe that everything is gone. >> this is here today. >> absolutely. >> reporter: warmer water is killing florida coral reefs and where it once bloomed now emptiness exist and the words climate change in florida are not to be spoken. they said to you point blank do not use these terms? >> yes, we were not to use those terms in any setting. what it came down to is we are the governor agency and portray the message he would like us to portray. >> reporter: christopher was an attorney for the state, working
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to protect florida's waterways. >> they said if you know what is good for you you will not use the terms climate change global warming, sea level rise or sustainability. >> reporter: now fema has stepped in issuing new guidelines demanding states consider climate change when planning for disasters or risk losing funding. governor scott has repeatedly insisted there is no policy against mentioning climate change. >> that is untrue at our department of environmental protection look there is lots of conversations about this issue. from my standpoint like every issue my goal is instead of talking about it let's do something about it. >> reporter: like spending millions protecting the environment and defending florida from storms. north carolina louisiana and tennessee have all passed laws in resent years discouraging climate change from being considered in policies or classrooms but critics say they
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are avoiding words and reality. dangerous in a state like florida particularly vulnerable to rising oceans. >> now they have to walk a tightrope and cannot talk honestly about climate change and it's very difficult for them to think and write documents and proposals and plan. >> reporter: frustrated she left her job with the state in december. and fixing the problem became too difficult because no one could talk about it clearly. jonathan betz al jazeera, miami. still to come here at al jazeera in sport find out if new zealand could hold on to their hopes of winning the cricket world cup. ♪
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♪ here at al jazeera we have been exploring the role that cartoons play around the world and bangladesh it's a wise cracking street urcant speaking harsh truths to those in power and we caught up with the cartoon's creator. >> reporter: all it takes is a few strokes to create an image that resonates with bangladesh young and old. and the street urchin and part balding and unlikely candidate for affection of countrymen but he was drawn to the straight talking ways of the street children he knew during his childhood in old taka and realizing potential as a social
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commentator. >> translator: many people told me after a strip is released to say they were thinking the exact same thing but they are glad he came out and say what they were too hesitant to say. >> reporter: he has been a huge success since he made his first appearance in 1978 and he realized that the powerless street urchant could get away with saying things people could not. >> i used to make these for police officer and i poked fun of it and enjoyed it and never got angry with me for that. >> reporter: he got his start in comics making political cartoons in the 1960s during the independence struggle from pakistan but his training was as a fine artist and today galleries and collectors seek out both his strips and his paintings. for long-term fans he should be
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considered a national treasure. >> translator: what is special about him is his character is not only a vehicle for humor but also for protest against all our societies and justice. >> reporter: he is focused lesson cartoons and more on his paintings and densely packed composition reflect the chaos and bustle of bangladesh, yet his most popular creation continues to exert a strong pull not just for the public but for the artist himself, al jazeera. time for the sport here is andy. >> thanks and cricket world cup new zealand through to the final after a game against south africa, grant elliot hitting 6 off the ball to claim victory by four wickets and in a rain affected game they scored in 45 overs and top scoring 82 and a
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quick fire 65 and new zealand set in a victory target of 298 from 43 overs and got there just captain setting the tone and elliot beat 84 getting his team over the line and country at least winning a world cup semi final at the 7th attempt. now the second semi final sees australia taking on defending champion indian on wednesday and had the edge over india in a test and winning the series over this world cup. >> the biggest game we played and that is huge you can't put it any other way. a huge opportunity to be able to show our skills off as a team and i think we played great cricket over the last two years and there is no reason why we would go in the game confident
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and we have every right to be. >> going to breaking news. >> thank you andy yes, we can now talk to correspondent jackie roland in paris the french capital because we heard a plane has gone down south of france and jackie can you give us more detail that you managed to discover? >> reporter: yes according to the aviation authorities here in france, the plane, an air bus 8320 belonging to the german wings air lane went down at 10:47 in the morning local time that is when they got a distress call, they got a distress call at 10:47 local tame time and it crashed in the french alps and the flight was traveling between barcelona and distledorf and not
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sure what direction it was flying in and 142 passengers were on board and crew members of that plane and air bus 8320 belonging to the german wings airline crashed near the village of barcelona in the french alps. >> we don't know which direction it was flying so presumably we don't really know the nationality for the most part as to those who are on board? >> reporter: we know that the plane was flying between barcelona and distledorf and do not know which direction and flying between spain and germany but beyond knowing that 142 passengers were on board it wouldn't be terribly useful to speculate at this stage on the nationality. >> okay, and the region in which we understand that this plane has gone down it's in the south of france it's the southern alps?
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>> reporter: yes, in the high alps and talking about the mountain region which clearly would make any rescue operation more complicated. >> all right, jackie for now thank you very much jackie roland has just given us the very latest detail she managed to find out, that a german wings plane not sure whether the plane is flying from barcelona to distledorf or vice versa and the plane down in the french alps and understand so far that 142 people were on board. a distress call was heard. our correspondent just told us. so we are now following the story quite closely and getting more detail as far as we can and gets correspondence in germany to check this out because it's a germ than company, german wings traveling between barcelona and
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